In the first episode, Laird spoke with Jana Collier, publisher of the Dayton Daily News, about the project. Collier said she hopes the podcast will add a new dimension to the Path Forward project.
“I really think that we are living in a golden age of audio. I think it’s way more even than the heyday of radio,” she said. “I hope that you’ll be able to reach some people we aren’t reaching through text. I also hope that even if you’re reaching people who are regular readers of the Dayton Daily News, you can reach them in a way that has a new and different impact. Hearing things is not the same as reading. And I hope that you’ll bring a new dimension to our Path Forward coverage that ultimately allows us to have a bigger impact.
For the upcoming second episode, Racism as a Public Health Crisis, Laird spoke with area experts about what the phrase means as many local jurisdictions have passed resolutions declaring racism a public health crisis in the last year.